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AZED No. 2,075 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on March 18th, 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  Average Azed this week, 7/10 for me.

I am not sure about how ‘SA’ in 20dn works (if I am right), nor the definition in 3dn.

31ac is being too clever for it’s own good, I feel.

Having said that, there are some very nice misleading definitions in this puzzle, always a joy to solve.

BTW, this time next week, The Trafites will be on holiday for 8 days in Gibraltar – I lived there for 2 years (1969-1970), and decided to go back again for old times sake before I snuff it, so unfortunately I will not be available to reply to comments until a week later.

Across
1. Bomb exploding caught rear (5)
CRUMP C+RUMP
5. Teller of epic tales from Senegal about lizards (7)
SAGAMAN AGAMA in SN
10. Kiss given by nasty smoocher (not the first) causing colouring in the dairy? (10)
LIPOCHROME LIP+((s)MOOCHER*)
12. Ornaments may be set out on it, following silly urge I assume (8)
GUERIDON (URGE*)+I+DON
13. I’ll be taken in by eccentric Scottish tinker (5)
CAIRD I in CARD
14. Stingy, I’ve dismissed price (4)
COST COST(ive)
15. Velocity in boat (flat-bottomed) giving chance for Jock (5)
KEVEL V in KEEL
16. Salt at sea let auto (7)
TOLUATE (LET AUTO)*
17. We scattered seeds round centre of tilth, typical of best gardens (8)
WEEDLESS WE+((SEEDS*) around (ti)L(th))
22. Dies wretchedly after fall, once oedematous (8) (8
DROPSIED (DIES*) after DROP
24. Anteater cross about e.g. worker density? (7)
TAMANDU TAU(a cross) around (MAN+D)
26. Urban company retains such money in accounts (5)
BANCO hidden: urBAN COmpany
28. Primitive dwelling like a sieve, rate-free (4)
CRIB CRIB(rate)
30. Street, old, with excellent porticos (5)
STOAI ST+O+AI
31. Henry’s urgent call: ‘Give us dinner with potato, properly prepared meat and eggs’ (8)
HALLALOO 2 subs. ind. here: The misleading definition is (hooray) Henry’s urgent call (i.e. call the hounds at a hunt); (1) HALL+ALOO; (2) HALLAL+OO
really, the subs. ind. lead to ‘HALLALOOHALLALOO’ – it needs an ‘or’ inserted between ‘potato’ and ‘properly’ for me to get it to work.
32. Tortured victim under heartless Roman judges (10)
CENTUMVIRI (VICTIM+UN(d)ER)*
33. Rubbish, best in tabloids (7)
REDTOPS TOP in REDS(rubbish)
34. Designs instruments for money? (5)
MEANS 3 definitions
Down
1. Scout breaking into college cupboard? Not one eager to work overtime! (12)
CLOCKWATCHER WATCH in (C+LOCKER)
2. Cracks upsetting Marie (5)
RIMAE (MARIE)*
3. Contrary to current press release, tremble about losing leader (7)
UPRIVER PR in (q)UIVER
dubious definition ‘contrary to current’?  No matter how far ‘upriver’ you are, there will always be something else further ‘upriver’, so you are down river to that…
4. Hitched, as one who was to Willis B (6)
MOORED MOORE+D – pun on Bruce Willis and his ex-wife Demi Moore
5. End of stage thrust exploited to get one closer? (7)
SHUTTER ((stag)E+THRUST)*
great misleading definition ‘closer’
6. Group’s outsider possibly providing trail snack (4)
GORP ends of GROUP – G or P
7. Band of brothers, not all dynamic usually (6)
AMICUS hidden: dynAMIC USually
8. One championing innovation lots moved in to copy (7)
APOSTLE (LOTS*) in APE
9. Form of RSI? It is following start of niggle in most of tendon (12)
NINTENDOITIS (IT+IS) after (N(iggle)+IN+TENDO(n))
too much video game playing can lead to RSI
11. Recipe No. I, what Aussie has on his plate? (4)
REGO R+EGO (No.1, ego)
Aussie registration (number) PLATE, another great misleading definition
18. With furrows to cleave turned up speed (7)
EXARATE (AXE<)+RATE
19. Man in e.g. Cape Town entering markets for African music (7)
SOUKOUS OU(SA slang for man) in SOUKS(market places)
20. Rust-red colouring in work, international according to art circles (7)
SINOPIA SA(society of artists)[according to art?] around (IN+OP+I)
21. Taxi for hire in comparatively thin line? (6)
CABLET CAB+LET
23. Cultivated cordyline in reserve (6)
SATIVE TI in SAVE
25. Booby, one initially avoiding crush, tense (4)
DOLT (i)DOL+T
27. Canine? That’s seen on golf club in Scotland perhaps (5)
CAIRN C+AIRN(Scottish word for iron)
Cairn terrier, a sort of &lit I suppose
29. Grinder: one molar plays this role (4)
MANO composite anagram: ONE MOLAR minus ROLE = (NMOA*)
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8 Responses to “AZED No. 2,075 Plain”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for the usual entertainment and Nick for the blog.

    31ac: I see no problem with this structure. I see no more need for “or” between the second and third indications in this clue than between the first and second definitions in 34ac.

    3dn: Think of “upriver” in terms of motion rather than position.

    20dn: This is sa secundum artem (Latin) according to art – Chambers 2011 p.1368.

  2. sidey says:

    Thanks both. The Henry in 31a is Fielding but it’s rather good that Hooray fits as well.

  3. Thomas99 says:

    Thanks both. I found this a bit harder than recent “plains”.

    I agree with Pelham B that there’s no need for an “or” or similar in 31a, but that was the clue I was interested in: I’m a bit perplexed by the “give us”; it doesn’t spoil the clue as such but doesn’t seem necessary and given Azed’s usual terseness I wondered if there was something I was missing. I was hoping to find “Hall!” meaning “Give us dinner!” (and not just “dinner”) in Chambers but didn’t. (I also agree with sidey that the primary meaning of “Henry” is Fielding.)

  4. Bob Sharkey says:

    A harder than average Azed with some testing word-play to find. I didn’t get it all, I must confess. I disagree with Nick on 33a. I have red + tops – see redd(1).

  5. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    Pretty regular meat from AZ.
    I struggled to parse ‘cairn’ otherwise no problems.
    I know the protocol so this is very vague:
    In today’s (2076) AZ does something I have never seen before.
    I very much look forward to the response here.

  6. Norman L in France says:

    rcw@5
    Most strange, indeed.

  7. grandpuzzler says:

    Agree with RCW and NLinF. Is he losing it? There must be another explanation.

    Cheers…

  8. RCWhiting says:

    Any other setter would cross-reference but one of the reasons I like AZ is because he rarely does so.

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